Coté sells his “Taste-Bud Bursting Local Honey” at the Union Square Greenmarket every Monday and Wednesday. His honey, known as being hyper-local, comes from rooftops and community gardens in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, as well as Westchester County, New York. His hives are even at the top of the Waldorf-Astoria.
As the weather gets warmer and the flowers in the city starts to blossom, scores of customers turn to his honey to fight against pollen allergies. It might seem odd, but exposure to small, manageable doses of the same local pollen that triggers allergies builds up immunity against it – just like a flu shot. The trick is the closer, the better.
Coté currently manages over 200 hives, which produce about 25 thousand pounds of honey every year.
While bringing a taste of local honey to New Yorkers, Coté also shares it with people all over the world. He and his father, Norm Coté, founded an organization called Bees Without Borders and travel to underdeveloped countries like Fiji, Haiti, and Kenya, to teach beekeeping as a way to alleviate poverty. Coté donates one-tenth of the proceeds from his honey sale to the organization to fund the travel expenses.
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A quarter of the race is behind them. And as they pass the mile 7 marker, a band called Hell or High Waters, who have played the marathon for the four years, gives the runners and the audience a boost with their upbeat music. During the New York City Marathon’s 42nd run on Sunday, the band played at the corner of Union Street and Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn from seven o’ clock in the morning until the last runner passed by, having so much fun that they refused to even break for lunch. Their listeners on the sidelines claimed the music and the band pump up the runners.
Euna Lee and Martha Yuan Tao report.